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Common Silverline

Common Silverline
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-11 7:17
Viewed: 4062
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Silverline, Spindasis vulcanus, is a species of lycaenid or blue butterfly found in Asia.

The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide, whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies. They constitute about 40% of the known butterfly species.

The family is traditionally divided into the subfamilies of the blues (Polyommatinae), the coppers (Lycaeninae), the hairstreaks (Theclinae) and the harvesters (Miletinae); others include also the Lipteninae, Liphyrinae and Poritiinae. A few authorities still include the family Riodinidae within the Lycaenidae. The sole member of the subfamily Styginae is represented by Styx infernalis from the Peruvian Andes. Recent molecular evidence places Styginae within the family Riodinidae.

Adults are small, under 5 cm usually, and brightly coloured, sometimes with a metallic gloss. The male's forelegs are reduced in size and lack claws.

Larvae are often flattened rather than cylindrical, with glands that may produce secretions that attract and subdue ants. Their cuticles tend to be thickened. Some larva are capable of producing vibrations and low sounds that are transmitted through the plants. They use these sounds to communicate with ants.

Adult individuals often have hairy antenna-like tails complete with black and white annulated appearance. Many species also have a spot at the base of the tail and some turn around upon landing to confuse potential predators from recognizing the true head orientation. This causes predators to approach from the true head end resulting in early visual detection.


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  • jloup Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 30] (131)
  • [2008-09-11 7:43]

It's perfect: DOF, POV, contrast color in the background,... everything is perfect.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-11 7:45]

Hello Ram,
For me the Silverline is not common.
Excellent photo in sharp light and good contrasting colours. Great patterns on the wings. Beautiful composition and POV.
Kind regards,

Si se vieran las antenas al completo seria un 10...saludos

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-09-11 8:36]

Dear Ramthakur,

Lovely catch. The butterfly seem to just emerged, fresh, colorful and the tails are in-tact. Set against a very nice contrasting background.

- Murali Santhanam

Hello Ram,

It may be common, but it is rare to me! This must be my first sighting, even if only on a photograph. You have made it an enjoyable experience by showing its colours and markings so clearly and I like the composition, using the diagonally placed leaf for its perch.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-11 10:11]

Hi Ram. This must be one of the most colourful butterflies around. It light up my screan. You have captured the markings so well with fine detail and bright colours. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Hello Ram,
Just an amzingly detailed picture of this small Lycaenid. It may be a Common Silverline, but this image is decidedly uncommon. Excellent composition with a really unusual BG. Thanks

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-11 10:27]

Hello Ram,

I am mesmerised by the colors of your photo. The background has such a fascinating light seeming to have it's own life. The excelent rendered colors of the butterfly are in great contrast with the background. It looks like an image of a dream but in the same time extremly real and natural.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-11 10:36]

preciosa captura amigo,
detalles y perfectos colores,
selecto encuadre,
saludos Ram.

Hello Ram
Waw, wonderful butterflies are in India. This small lines on the wing are, really not like silver, more like mercury .
Regards, Oana

Hello Ram.
Great capture of this exuberant butterfly!
Fine colours, sharpness and details.
Is a species uncommon in my region ((Brazil).
Congratulations for more a beautiful work!
José Roberto

hello sir,
another fine capture of the common silverline from you, in this image i liked the colors and the contrast, the dof is precise and the pov is appropriate, the oof bg looks very beautiful,
well done,
tfs & regards

Another outstanding blend of colour and design, natural but but caught by the pro...Nice image Ram...You seem to be bumping yourself up another notch right? well in my eyes...Good show.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2008-09-11 19:36]

Hola Ram: Una toma verdaderamente fantástica, lo tiene todo...saludos.

Hi Ram,

Beautiful shot of this Common Silverline, the colours are amazing, excellent detail, and it really stands out against the green O.O.F background, just superb, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-11 21:29]

Hi Ram!

This picture simply is beautiful. The magnificent colour of the background highlights the butterfly very well. The sharpness is perfect and shows a great richness of details. In addition to that, the picture has a strong aura and the spectator is attracted by its beauty.

Thank you for this moment of joy and happiness!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-11 22:46]

Hi Ram

Stunning colours combined with sharp focus combine here to make a beautiful shot, Well seen and captured.


Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful common silverline. Very well composed with sharp details and a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-09-12 3:07]

Hello Sir,
this Silver Line is looking awesome. You've captured it well with all its glory. Color, Composition, details and POV are superb.
Thanks a lot for sharing

PS: Often I'm out of station these days and not able to critique regularly.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-12 13:05]

What a beautiful butterfly!
The bright green BG is very nice.
Excellent sharpness.
Superb colours.
Very, very well done!


Dear Ram Sir,
Outstanding candid shot of this beautiful butterfly on brilliant greenish leafy background. I have yet to understand the evolutionary aspect of hairy antenna-like tails; how could the butterfly activate the genome to create such alterations to confuse the predators! TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-12 21:05]

Hello Sir, superb shot. I think yu arre lucky to keep seeing this insect again and again. I have seen it once and after that I have not seen it. Brilliant shot. Ganesh

Hi Ram, splendid butterfly with beautiful design on wings, fantastic colors, perfect focus, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,

Very beautiful picture of this Silverline. Excellent focus and sharpness. Splendid colours with an excellent contrasting background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-14 11:55]

Hello Ram,
Marvelous butterfly of nature, stunning details and colors with wonderful dof.
Excellent educational note, as well
Congratulations, very nicely composed an presented
Regards Siggi

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